Cruelty and the Beast

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Cruelty and the Beast
Studio album by Cradle of Filth
Released 5 May 1998
Recorded DEP International Studios/Abattoir Studios, Birmingham, England, January–March 1998
Genre Extreme metal
Length 61:48
Label Music for Nations (Europe)
Mayhem (US)
Producer Jan Peter Genkel and Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth chronology
Dusk... and Her Embrace
(1996)
Cruelty and the Beast
(1998)
From the Cradle to Enslave
(1999)
Alternative covers
Celtic Cross edition
Koch Records' 2001 two-disc edition

Cruelty and the Beast is the third studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 5 May 1998, through Music for Nations. It is a concept album based on the legend of the Hungarian "blood countess" Elizabeth Báthory. The album features guest narration on certain passages by Ingrid Pitt in-character as Báthory, a role she first played in the Hammer film Countess Dracula in 1971.

The album was reissued in a two-disc Special Edition by Koch Records in 2001 and by The End Records in 2012.[1]

Background[edit]

This was the last Cradle of Filth full-length album to feature guitarist and songwriter Stuart Anstis, keyboardist Lecter and drummer Nicholas Barker.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10[3]

Production[edit]

The production and mixing for Cruelty and the Beast has attracted some criticism, particularly for the sound quality of the drumming[3] and the mixing of the female vocals and guitars.[citation needed] Sarah Jezebel Deva revealed on the band's official messageboards: "[The production is] absolute rubbish. I remember when I first heard it — Dani played it — I walked out with tears in my eyes. I had spent twenty-five hours working in the studio on that album and it sounded like I had my head in a toilet [...] most of my vocals you couldn't hear."[4] After walking out of the room after Dani played it to her, she claimed to have bumped into drummer Nicholas Barker, who also expressed his dissatisfaction.[4]

Accolades[edit]

The album ranked tenth in Kerrang!'s list of the top ten "essential black metal" albums in 2000.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dani Filth, all music composed by Cradle of Filth (Filth, Stuart Anstis, Gian Pyres, Robin Eaglestone, Les Smith and Nicholas Barker).

No. Title Length
1. "Once Upon Atrocity" (instrumental) 1:43
2. "Thirteen Autumns and a Widow"   7:14
3. "Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids"   7:18
4. "Beneath the Howling Stars"   7:42
5. "Venus in Fear" (instrumental) 2:20
6. "Desire in Violent Overture"   4:16
7. "The Twisted Nails of Faith"   6:50
8. "Bathory Aria"
  1. "Benighted Like Usher"
  2. "A Murder of Ravens in Fugue"
  3. "Eyes That Witnessed Madness"  
11:02
9. "Portrait of the Dead Countess" (instrumental) 2:52
10. "Lustmord and Wargasm (The Lick of Carnivorous Winds)"   7:30

Personnel[edit]

Cradle of Filth[edit]

Guest/session musicians[edit]

  • Sarah Jezebel Deva, Danielle Cneajna Cottington – backing vocals
  • Ingrid Pitt – Lady Bathory's narration on "The Twisted Nails of Faith" and Bathory Aria's "Eyes That Witnessed Madness"

Production[edit]

  • Jan Peter Genkel - producer
  • Dan Spriggs - engineer
  • Mike Exeter - additional engineering
  • Mark Harwood - orchestral recordings at Springvale Studios, Ipswich
  • Stu Williamson - photography

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Finnish Albums Chart[6] 13
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 24
French Albums Chart[8] 34
GfK Dutch Chart[9] 37
German Albums Chart[10] 47
UK Albums Chart[11] 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodley, Laura (20 June 2012). "Cradle of Filth to Release Eight Album Reissues – Cradle of Filth". theorderofthedragon.com. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Cruelty and the Beast – Cradle of Filth : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Azevedo, Pedro (6 July 1998). "CoC : Cradle of Filth – Cruelty and the Beast : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Jezebel Diva, Sarah. "Cruelty and the Beast special edition in To Eve the Art of Witchcraft Forum". cradleoffilthonline.yuku.com. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rocklist.net...Kerrang! Page 2". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  7. ^ "title = Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  8. ^ "title = Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  9. ^ "title = Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Album – Cradle of Filth, Cruelty and the Beast". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  11. ^ "Artist Chart History - Cradle of Filth". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

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